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February 17, 2017


Montgomery County Democratic Committee

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Norristown, PA 19401

Contact Julie Kollar, Executive Director, at JulieK@mcdems.org or 610-272-2000



      Party Backs Wendy G. Rothstein and Jeffrey Saltz in May 16 Primary       


The Montgomery County Democratic Committee, at its annual convention Thursday night, endorsed Wendy G. Rothstein and Jeffrey Saltz, both distinguished attorneys, for election as judges of the county Court of Common Pleas.

In making its endorsements for the May 16 primary election, the party also backed Joanne Cisco Olszewski for re-election as county jury commissioner and gave its support to candidates running for Pennsylvania appellate courts.

Besides court-related offices, Montgomery County voters will cast ballots in 2017 for township commissioners and supervisors, borough council members, school directors and other local officials. County Democratic Chairman Joseph Foster reminded party leaders and committee members not to lose sight of the crucial importance of local elections amid widespread concern about what is happening in Washington.

"Our success as a party starts from the ground up," Foster said. "We are seeing a tremendous outpouring of people who are upset with Trump's actions. We need to be the party that brings these folks in and guides them. County and local elections are the backbone on which everything else is built."

"And let no one forget the importance of judicial elections," Foster said. "Judges are the protectors and guarantors of our freedoms as Americans. They are the last line of defense when our leaders veer from the law."

Rothstein, of Plymouth Township, and Saltz, of Lower Merion, have illustrious records of legal and public service.

A pioneer in the advancement of women in the legal profession, Rothstein is a partner in the Blue Bell office of Fox Rothschild LLP. A cum laude graduate of both Temple University and the University of Baltimore Law School, she has worked in the courts for 34 years. She has served as Discovery Master, Civil Case Master and chair of the Board of View.  She is vice president and a board member of the Elmwood Park Zoo.

She has also served as a Democratic committee member in Plymouth Township.

Saltz, a magna cum laude graduate of both Princeton University and Harvard Law School, runs his own law firm in Center City Philadelphia and has been designated a "Super Lawyer." He has served on the Montgomery County Industrial Development Authority and was Business Litigation Committee chair for the Philadelphia Bar Association. He is a board member and former president of Beth David Reform Congregation in Gladwyne.

Former chair of the Lower Merion-Narberth Democratic Committee, Saltz was campaign chair for former Pennsylvania Senator Connie Williams.

Rothstein and Saltz were recommended for endorsement by a 12-member Judicial Screening Committee and the county party's Executive Committee.

Olszewski, of Springfield Township, is running for her third full term as jury commissioner overseeing the jury-selection process. She was the 2014 recipient of the party's Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hundreds of Democratic committee members, party leaders and candidates attended the endorsement convention held in the large auditorium of Colonial Elementary School in Plymouth Meeting. 

In the primary race for Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court, county Democrats endorsed Ellen Ceisler, a Philadelphia judge who has strong Montgomery County ties as a Cheltenham High School graduate. For a second open seat on that court, the party will back Scranton attorney Todd Eagen, who has received the endorsement of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee.

Montco Democrats will support other judicial candidates who are endorsed by the state party:  Allegheny County Judge Dwayne Woodruff for the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and four candidates for Superior Court.

One of the Superior Court endorsees is Montgomery County's own H. Geoffrey Moulton Jr., who was appointed to the court by Gov. Wolf. The others are Deborah Kunselman, of Beaver County; Maria McLaughlin of Philadelphia, and Carolyn H. Nichols, also of Philadelphia.

The party recommended a "yes" vote in the May 16 primary to retain Thomas M. DelRicci as a judge of Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.

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